How Nancy Drew Saved My Life

How Nancy Drew Saved My Life Broken smashed and stomped in the mud That s how Charlotte Bell s heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment So taking a new position in frigid Iceland working f
  • Title: How Nancy Drew Saved My Life
  • Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • ISBN: 9780373895915
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • How Nancy Drew Saved My Life
    Broken, smashed and stomped in the mud That s how Charlotte Bell s heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment So taking a new position in frigid Iceland, working for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings, might be just what Charlotte needs in order to heal up and chill out This time, she s determined to be intrepid and courageous She s even reBroken, smashed and stomped in the mud That s how Charlotte Bell s heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment So taking a new position in frigid Iceland, working for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings, might be just what Charlotte needs in order to heal up and chill out This time, she s determined to be intrepid and courageous She s even read all fifty six original Nancy Drew books in preparation Unfortunately, she s neglected to find out anything about Iceland or to look into the background of her oddly compelling employer When Charlotte stumbles onto the trail of a mystery that only she can solve, she ll need every shred of Nancy s wisdom to keep her life and her heart safe
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  • Lauren Baratz-Logsted

    Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology She also has what she calls her half Masters in English from Western Connecticut State University five courses down, another five to go someday.Throughout college, she worked semester breaks as a doughnut salesperson, a job that she swears gave her white lung disease from all the powdered sugar she breathed.Upon graduation, she began work at the venerable independent spacebookseller, now sadly defunct as such, Klein s of Westport There, she bought and sold for the better part of 11 years.In November 1994, Lauren left the bookstore to finally take a chance on herself as a writer Success did not happen over night Between 1994 and May 2002 when Red Dress Ink called with an offer to buy THE THIN PINK LINE Lauren worked as a book reviewer, a freelance editor and writer, and a window washer, making her arguably the only woman in the world who has ever both hosted a book signing party and washed the windows of the late best selling novelist Robert Ludlum.Since Red Dress Ink s call in 2002, Lauren has been kept very busy with writing novels and checking her ranking on a daily basis She still lives in Danbury, with her husband and daughter, where she has lived since 1991.In addition to writing, Lauren s daughter keeps her busy, accounting for the rest of her time.Lauren s favorite color is green.Lauren s favorite non cat animals are penguins.Lauren wants you to know that, however you are pronouncing her last name, you are probably pronouncing it wrong.

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  • This book was so horrible that my friends and I started a Terrible Book Club where we passed around a copy in which we wrote snarky comments in the margins.


  • It took me a long time to read this chick lit book because I picked up my book club book and read it, and didn t bother to pick this up again until I finished that book.How Nancy Drew Saved My Life was pretty bad I feel it s of a 1 1 2 rating rather than a generous 2 that I ve given it, not quite I didn t like it or an It was okay rating I grew up loving Nancy Drew books I loved the TV show too So I was pretty excited that I came across this in a second hand bookstore The name of the book is wh [...]


  • This book really had nothing going for it The main character was not lovable, deep or interesting At 23 she develops this weird obsession with Nancy Drew for no good reason then goes to Iceland where it seems that all Icelanders carry a copy of some Nancy Drew book around with them although it is never quite explained why this is the case as you read the book I would also venture to guess that this little tidbit is totally untrue The main character is naive and doesn t seem to get what love is H [...]


  • This book is about a girl who gets involved with the father of the children she nannies, it goes south and she decides she needs to make a new life for herself She gets another job as a nanny governess and goes to Iceland She continually talks about Nancy Drew and what would Nancy Drew do in her position This is where I started to hate the book, but I kept reading thinking maybe it ll get better I was very frustrated with the end and that the relationships didin t build very well, it went from h [...]


  • It s been ages since I read this book, and I only remember that I liked it over all, though the ending left me flat I don t remember details It is silly and unbelievable I usually read serious heavy books, or established well thought of, highly recommended classics with a good reputation But, I allowed myself to stray when I saw this whimsical title I was searching for Nancy Drew books for my daughter about ten years ago on our library s website, and this came up in the search as well I couldn t [...]


  • Gosh, this was bad It took me forever to just get a hundred pages in and when it takes that long, its time to chuck the book across the room and start again with a new book A better book The writing was blah, the character was blah, the character of Edgar was totally unbelievable and don t get me started on the whole WWNDD or the fact that all Icelanders are devout Nancy Drew fans Proves that anyone with a semi understanding of the English language can write a book.


  • Um was this a debut novel Was it written by someone who just finished college, and hadn t seen much of life This book was painfully bad, but not dangerously bad, so I gave it two stars instead of only one.


  • One of the many joys of reading is the travel destinations For the first time ever, I got to travel to Iceland with Charlotte Bell when she accepts a nanny position with the U.S Ambassador Initially, this story is very vague where Charlotte is concerned Though Charlotte was a child celebrity, she had a less than happy childhood, growing up in her Aunt s home She never feeling accepted and is someone who is looking for love and acceptance, usually in the wrong place Unfortunately, she wears her h [...]


  • As usual, I was browsing titles in my local library and came across this book As a huge Nancy Drew fan, I had to add it to my stack The premise was cute, the writing was fine typical chick lit prose There were a few spots with language that really bothered me I try not to swear personally but I used to have a BAD habit of doing so and there are times when they come back Such a hard habit to break and I can usually skip over them without them really bothering me It just didn t seem to fit the cha [...]


  • So, I m going to be honest I loved Nancy Drew as a girl, and that is why I picked this book up at some random library book sale Plus I haven t yet met a Red Dress Book I didn t love This might have been the exception It had a cute little plot and story but basically the main character Charlotte just drove me nuts She is the type of girl I absolutely cannot stand It starts out that Charlotte is a Nanny for this well to do couple in NYC So of course she has to start sleeping with the husband, and [...]



  • Haven t adored nancy frew books as a child, I picked up this book reduced with gift cards Thinking this book would be true to nancy drew however i was very disappointed I usually like books by red dress not true with this one.It s about a girl who s a former child star, she becomes a nanny falls in love with her male employer Who of course is married and lives with her aunt now that her dad moved away She leaves the job when the man wanted get rid of her child, only later she has a miscarriage [...]


  • This book is definitely a beach book Something to read that doesn t involved a whole lot of thinking That being said, it is a page turner.The characters seems disingenuous The twenty three year old narrator speaks and thinks like a woman past her years or from another time period I feel comfortable saying this because, as a twenty three year old woman, I find her speech stilted and over formal, even in the narration The characters are also not very fleshed out Baratz Logsted adds all these diffe [...]


  • I read a few reviews of this book when I started it and I saw a lot of okays I didn t think that it was that bad It was based upon Jane Eyre In fact, the book kinds of makes fun that it s like Jane Eyre which is what is so funny The movement in the story happened and the ending was kind of anti romantic I still liked it and the message that it sent Charlotte hat off to Ms Bronte having had her heart crushed by her employer, embarks on an adventure to Iceland as a nanny, her previous occupation T [...]


  • While there was the odd section of 20 pages or so that captivated me, overall this was a pretty terrible book Blatant rip off of Jane Eyre and it doesn t help that the author even references it when Charlotte claims to have a Jane Eyre moment and very little to do with Nancy Drew other than the odd reference thrown in to live up to the novel s title The book sounded cute and held such promise, but ultimately was a waste of time I have really loved Lauren Baratz Logsted s YA and childrens efforts [...]


  • This is truly one of the worst books I ve ever read I bought it in an airport bookstore or somewhere, thinking that it would be light travel reading Several pages in, I got so frustrated with the book that I started making notes in it, underlining and commenting on all of the things that were pointless or stupid or made no sense When I got home, I passed it off to a friend with the warning that it was terrible She made her own notes and passed it to another friend Now it s got at least four peop [...]


  • This was a really easy read I loved Nancy Drew when I was in elementary school so I was excited to read this She makes it sound like the entire country of Denmark is completely obsessed with Nancy Drew, which I find unlikely I liked how she kept tying what would nancy do back into the story, but for large sections she completely drops anything Nancy related, which seemed a little odd I was expecting the end though and was happy to be surprised by the secret she revealed Is it the greatest book I [...]


  • I was definitely not impressed by this book I may have liked it if not for the ridiculous ending that pretty much ruined any positive feelings I had I felt like the author didn t come up with any unique ideas on her own From the title, I assumed there would be lots of references to the Nancy Drew series which there were but there were also tons of Jane Eyre references and they all felt overstated and trite The one good thing that came form reading this book it made me want to re read Jane Eyre.


  • That I have the ability to totally disengage from what I am reading I was eh about it while reading didn t care about it in the positive, didn t care about it in the negative It was while discussing in book club that I determined this was really a pretty crappy book, and wondered why I hadn t noticed at the time Anyway, I would NOT recommend And I realize this doesn t have any thoughtful reasons to explain my problems, and I hate to say this book doesn t deserve the time it would take to enumera [...]


  • A young woman takes a governess job with an ambassador in Iceland and ends up embroiled in some romance and some mystery This was a bit of a disappointment The characters fell flat with me and at times, it seemed that the author was overreaching for parallels between her story and Jane Eyre and Nancy Drew It was an amusing read but I thought it could have been carried out much better than it had been.


  • 3.5 starsAfter Charlotte s heart is broken by her previous married employer, in order to get away, she accepts a nanny position in Iceland Unfortunately, she later finds herself falling for her new employer What she s not sure about is where his wife is I thought this was cute I loved all the references to Nancy Drew and there were shades of Jane Eyre It really is a mindless, fluffy, quick read, though Don t expect too much out of it Though some didn t like the ending, I did.


  • Despite the title, this novel had connections with Jane Eyre than Nancy Drew Since Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels, it would have taken a really good book to make me admire rather than resent the connections Unfortunately, this novel was not remotely strong enough to successfully walk this line Sorry, but not a fan of this novel I did like her YA book Crazy Beautiful though, so I m one for one with Baratz Logsted thus far.


  • I was drawn into this book by the title and I found Charlotte s thoughts about Nancy Drew amusing, although her dependence on thinking, What would Nancy Drew do was misguided I wanted Charlotte to grow and learn from her mistakes in life during the story however her growth was not very apparent to me There were some amusing parts and her thoughts to herself were sometimes witty but you do have to suspend belief for parts of this book to get through it.


  • I really enjoyed reading this book It was cheesy but fun and compelling Started out slow, but then later I couldn t put it down, wanting to find out what happened next Reminded me a lot of The Sound of Music story, which is my all time favorite movie I would like to read from this author Red Dress Ink books never let me down


  • Title attracted my attention, location was interesting, but this is not my type of book I don t ususally do romance anyway, and the whole story line about the main character sleeping with her employer turned me off from the start The silliness of everyone in Iceland reading Nancy Drew is too much Just not my thing.


  • I went into looking for something that would touch base on Nancy Drew and i thought this was it Dont even think about it ladies and gents this book was worth its only star The main character was hard to relate to let alone understand There was no character depth nor was there much about nancy drew Not my cup of tea


  • Um, well, the good news is it was a quick read The bad news is there wasn t really a mystery implied by the Nancy Drew title and it was a poor rip off of Jane Eyre Some parts were just preposterous Bebe, Annette s history, Edgar s life The redeeming value came in Charlotte learning to stand on her own two feet and making the right decisions for herself.


  • I really hated this book There was nothing good about it to recommend I don t remember why I finished it Maybe to see if it would get better It didn t This is about a foolish girl that takes a job far from home and does stupid things Don t read this, even if you love Nancy Drew books like I do It won t help.


  • I am not a huge fan of Chick lit, but this book was exactly what I was looking for right now light, easy, and cute It was also cheesy, predictable, and not all that well written, but sometimes it is about having fun than anything else if you want lit, read Hemingway If you want to escape, this will do the trick


  • The whole book ran along like your standard chick lit, and it would have been fine and dandy, but then, boom Worst Ending Ever It was just RUDE I feel the need to caution folks Do not read this book It is not worth it in the end This is the first Red Dress Ink book I read, so I don t know if this kind of ending is the norm for this particular Harlequin imprint.


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